To see how we can craft your oral history interviews into interesting and readable narratives, please look at the samples below.
The following is a straightforward example of interview audio transcription, shown in three different styles of transcripts. The narrator chose the subject, a biography of her aunt as she knew it, prompted by clarification questions from the interviewer.
In the following example, the interviewer and narrator flipped through a photo album, while the narrator told short stories about the photographs and the people in them. For the narrative transcript, we sifted through the longer interview and chose pieces that related to a specific story that had emerged as we spoke with the narrator. We then crafted the pieces to form a readable, cohesive narrative.
This example is from an audio transcript with multiple narrators. Since the speakers are telling the story of their shared experience, in the narrative transcript we streamlined the story that the speakers agreed upon, differentiating between the two voices when there was disagreement, a unique experience to the individual speaker, or conversation between the two speakers.